Sunday, April 14, 2013

Hub City

As previously mentioned, I know very little about Lubbock.
Here's what Wikipedia came up with:

And the caption says, "Downtown Lubbock, August 2009."

Downtown!  That doesn't look like downtown!  The crazies.

Population: 233,740ish.

Elevation: 3,256 ft.

Mild, semi-arid climate with an average of 19.12 in. of rain per year.

For comparison, Salt Lake City has the following demographics:

Population: 189,899, although it is only the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitin area, which has a population of 1,145,905.

Elevation:  4,226 ft.

Subhumid climate -- not semi-arid as apparently is often claimed.  See Wikipedia for an extensive explanation as to why.  Mean annual precipitation is 40.89 in. per year.

Anyway, back to Lubbock.  Do you know who Buddy Holly is?  Because I don't.  But he is a Lubbock native and they sure are proud.  I cannot wait to see this pair of glasses with my own two eyes.

They also have a statue of Buddy Holly himself as well as some other landmarks and cultural events named for the man.  Must have been an epic rockstar that Buddy Holly.

Here's my personal fav. The temple in Lubbock, Texas.  That is a little bit of home right there.

My mum speculates that I will be too busy saving the living to worry about the dead, but I hope I at least get a glance at this thing while I'm out there!  Beautiful.

Last, but not least, I would like to leave you with a youtube video of my future home.  My boss, a native (albeit a little more Easternish) Texan, showed this to me at work a couple weeks after I got my call.  He said it's legit.  And who would know legit Texas better than a legit Texan!

"Bunch of flat ranches..."

Yep, pretty much sums up all the pics I've perused on google images.

Personally, I am most excited about the National Cowboy Symposium.  Boo yes!

That's all I've got for now. But as soon as finals are over, you can bet I will be posting left and right about the ins and outs of missionary work in West Texas.  Until then, my friends, adieu.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Fun Has Arrived! (thankyouverymuch)

Hey friendly friends! Remember me?  I'm back. After my adventures in México way back when, I dropped off the blogger radar for but a moment. But fear not, for my adventures are about to bring me to yet another faraway land. Yum. Why, you might ask?

Dear Sister Plante:
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Texas Lubbock Mission.  WOOOOT!!

I'm peacin' out on June 5th.

I got my call 2.5 months ago and sadly but surely, I pretty much know nothing about it.  Still!  My semester has been just a tad crazy craze.  

What I do know is this:  I will be riding una bicicleta.  And driving un carro. And speaking inglés...

And loving football and trucks and cowboys and the beautiful Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Please join me here, on this blog, to see what spiritual/physical/emotional/social/educational/musical/mental leaps and bounds I am making as I serve as a missionary for 1.5 years of my life. Can't wait!